Sometimes, late at night, firemen slip into heels and dance with their poles, spinning, dipping, and stripping away cumbersome fireproof coats and burdensome notions of masculinity. With today's Groupon, you get a fireman's acrobatic workout with twice as much confidence: for $35, you get a 10-class Your Choice punch card good for pole-based or drop-in fitness classes (a $200 value) from Studio Rio in Virginia Beach. The Cloud Nine aerial dance program and series classes are not valid with this Groupon, though customers can upgrade to Cloud Nine classes for an extra $5 charge per class. All 10 classes must be attended before this Groupon expires in one year.
With a selection of more than 35 original classes, sized small enough for individual guidance, and a 6,000-square-foot facility, Studio Rio is home to a hearty assemblage of gravity-defying pole classes in addition to drop-in dance and fitness classes. Enjoy any combination of these sessions with the 10-punch Your Choice card for a provocative approach to fitness that empowers muscular systems while making participants feel sexier than Mrs. Butterworth on spring break. Friendly, professional instructors will guide shy schoolmarms and blushing beginners of all shapes and sizes through the stage, pole, and chair techniques needed to elevate them to a Zen-like apex of healthful ribaldry. Greenhorns can begin with Poles 1 and 2 to cover the basics of swinging, sliding, and spinning around the vertical hurdle, whereas Poles 3 refines techniques and introduces intermediates to the winsome world of inversions, where up is down, down is up, and Sideways is about PBR-pounding monster-truck drivers.
With Studio Rio's plethora of non-pole offerings, acrophobic exercisers needn't undergo the embarrassment of a clumsy vertigo attack set to the tune of “Let Me Entertain You.” Along with familiar fitness favorites such as Zumba to the Max and Kick It Up cardio-kickboxing, Studio Rio puts a sensual spin on old classics, such as the Floorplay core-fitness class. In addition, tiny dancers can learn the skills to hold their Tony Danzas with Rockette-worthy rug-cutting sessions. Let the Latin Ladies salsa class add a little jalapeño to your pico de gallo, or don Daisy Dukes and a balance-destroying 10-gallon hat for the country-western HoDown class.
Must be 18 or older to attend classes. Must RSVP to pole classes. All classes subject to availability.
Studio Rio's Twisted Fitness
The instructors at Studio Rio's Twisted Fitness approach their job with sensitivity and expertise that earned them 2010 and 2011 Best of Virginia Beach Reader's Choice awards. But the staff refuses to rest on its laurels, pushing themselves every day during sultry dance and cardio classes to help women of all abilities ramp up their sensuality while getting fit. The more than 35 weekly classes range from kickboxing to the signature pole dancing classes, held in an all-lady, judgment-free environment for participants with experience levels from beginning to advanced. The pole dancing sessions target specific body parts including the core and glutes and incorporate strength training, choreography, and challenging inverted poses made hyper-feminine with the inclusion of inverted knitting. The instructors reinforce that sexiness is both ageless and timeless—all classes are designed to help women of all ages over 18 to not only reshape their bodies, but boost confidence as well.